Your Gift Makes Room

Your Gift Makes Room By Kirk Hunt

A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men.

Proverbs 18:16 NKJV

God is against bribes, but He is for generosity.  May the Holy Spirit convict (not condemn) you about graft, but He will commend you for giving.  The gifts you give make room for you.  What do you put in that space?

“Make room” is not just a reference to physical space.  Your room may be the positive opinion of decision makers.  Perhaps your gifts open the opportunity to witness to souls about Jesus.  Are you wise with the opening made by your gifts?

As a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, you have gifts and are a minister.  Your gifts are not just for your benefit.  You are intended and custom-made to benefit the men and women around you.  By giving your gifts, you almost literally compel souls to make space for you in their lives.  What do you place in that hard-won place?

The healing of a skillful doctor or nurse usually gets the gratitude of the patient.  Even difficult students speak well of a key teacher who taught important skills and knowledge.  The friend who comes through at midnight earns warmth from a friend’s heart.  Given a door to another’s spirit, what will you choose to leave behind?

Your gifts lower defenses.  Your gifts draw consideration.  Your gifts soften hearts.  What do you do with that precious opportunity for God’s Kingdom?

Think:        My gifts open the door to interactions with men and women.

Pray:           “Lord, help me to have faithful courage over what, where and when You command.”

 

Copyright © March 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Father-God’s Will

Father-God’s Will By Kirk Hunt

Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.

Matthew 10: 29 NKJV

Poppa made me get in the truck and go to work with him.  Did I appreciate learning a trade and work ethic?  Not at the time.  In retrospect, I am thankful Poppa compelled me.  Consider now the Father’s will.

We confuse God’s best path for us with pleasant things and placid events.  We act as if we think God only loves us when we lounge on flowery beds of ease and comfort.  Instead, He loves us most when He allows us to reach our limits in desperation and distress.  It is in the place of our extremes that we can best hear and respond to His voice.

He is omniscient.  He sees all of our situation, no matter where we are.  He is omnipotent.  No matter how far we are past our limits, He is well within His power.  He is omnipresent.  You cannot go where He is not or even get there before Him.

No matter how hard and difficult your circumstances, God is right there with you.  He is caring for you, despite your pain.  His strength carries you no matter how weak you feel.  His grace comforts you, no matter how many tears you cry.

The skills Poppa taught me have carried through my life.  I still do not completely understand all of God’s will for my life.  All I know is that I worth more than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31).

Think:        One day I will understand God’s will for my life.  Until then I will be obedient.

Pray:           “Lord, help me to follow Your will for my life, regardless of how I feel now.”

 

Copyright © July 2017, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Poppa’s Hands

Poppa’s Hands By Kirk Hunt

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.   My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

John 10:28–29 NKJV

The scene plays in my mind with thoughts of peace, safety and golden warmth.  I was 4, maybe 5 years old.  I sat on the front pew of Prayer Temple (now Nash Temple) and examined Poppa’s hands with rapt fascination.  To my innocent young eyes his hands seemed without limit and without equal.  50 years later, my opinion is better informed, but no less convinced.

Even then his hands were scarred and rough from years of hard labor.  His hands were strong from pulling electrical cable or cutting wires.  In later years I would watch him switch seamlessly from casual displays of raw strength to deft demonstrations of control and finesse. 

Despite how gnarled and unattractive they appeared, Poppa’s hands were a blessing of rare quality and strength.  Poppa ministered to, provided for and gave protection to his family and anyone who sought his help.  His hands were instruments of deliverance and provision.

Consider now the hands of Father-God.  God’s hands are omnipresent, omnipotent, guided by his omniscience and motivated by His bottomless love for you.  His hands are a place of peace, safety and warmth for every soul that will seek Him.  And even for some souls who flee Him.

I sit in Father-God’s hands.  It is a place of peace safety and golden warmth.  With each passing day, my opinion is better informed and more convinced of His love and provision for me.

 

Think:        The best place to be is in the hands of Father-God. 

Pray:           “Lord, guide me every day with Your loving hands.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Goliath’s Sword

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Goliath’s Sword By Kirk Hunt

 

Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

I Samuel 17:51 NKJV

 

David stood over the prostate Goliath. The giant from Gath had been so contemptuous of David that he hadn’t bothered to draw his sword. David did not hesitate to use God’s provision against his enemy.

 

To David’s natural eyes, Goliath must have seemed the size of a tank, in size, arms and armor. To David’s spiritual eyes, the blasphemous Goliath was a walking dead man. Little did David realize that the giant’s sword would become his to use for the kingdom.

 

Goliath’s sword represents the tools and resources that God provides through your opposition. Like David, the giants in your life will not only fall, but their arms and armor will become yours to use for the Kingdom. God will make your enemies fund and equip you.

 

David used Goliath’s sword to finish off Goliath. David carried Goliath’s sword during his fugitive mercenary years. In my mind’s eye, I can see it hanging as a trophy, or ready for use, in David’s royal audience chamber.

 

Jehovah-Jireh is the God who provides. At times He sends angles with provision. Other times He sends faithful men and women to sustain you. The rest of the time, He makes your opposition provide for your needs and wants.

 

Think:        God will provide the tools and resources I need to complete my calling.

 

Pray:          “Lord, help me recognize Your provision, no matter who brings it.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2015, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

God Provided Sufficiently

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God Provided Sufficiently By Kirk Hunt

 

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

 

Debra was doing the best she could with a small, weak budget.  The shirts were new but on clearance.  All-but-donated-to-charity clearance.  They were last year’s style, and the colors that no one else wanted.  I could barely afford the loud, garish, turn-down-the-volume colors.  Still, God provided sufficiently.

 

I got jokes and amused comments about my shirts from everyone.  It was tolerable until a snide comment from one of my students set me off.  After that I insisted that the next purchase be more sedate colors.  Even at the cost of fewer shirts.

 

I wore the first of my “calmer” shirts and immediately got complaints.  The wild colors were a welcome sight in the Seattle gray.  The students looked forward to the bright, happy shirts that greeted them at early morning classes.  My night students appreciated the eye-opening colors that helped them stay the course through long days of work and school.

 

The loud, raucous shirts were provision and grace.  First for my budget, and then for my students.  Not for the first time, what I thought an embarrassment was really a blessing from God.

 

See His provision through spiritual eyes.  What He has provided is probably not just for you.  Your weak spot is just the place for His provision to shine.  Enjoy the bright colors.

 

Think:            God provides with purpose.

Pray:              “Lord, help me to see and understand your provision.”

 

 

Copyright © December 2013, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

The Real Source

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The Real Source by Kirk Hunt

 

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.

1 Corinthians 3:6 NKJV

 

I learned my multiplication tables with Mrs. Powell.  I learned to write a paragraph from Mrs. Fender.  I learned the fundamentals of chemistry from Mr. Bibb.

 

Despite all my excellent teachers (I’m looking at you Mr. Knouse), Mom and Dad are still the educators of record.  They provided food, shelter and incentive (twitch) for my education.  They had helpers, but ultimately they were the reason behind my academics.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I logged a lot of hours on study and homework.  I finally learned to take responsibility for my own education.  Mom and Dad still remain the source for my scholarly journey.

 

Paul evangelized the Corinthians.  Apollos discipled the Corinthians.  God made saints of the Corinthians.  When God does not send angels, He sends His people to do His work.

 

The partisanship that emerged among the Corinthians was disruptive, and came from misguided loyalty and appreciation for the instructors.  I would never come to blows over who was the better teacher.  Nor would they want me to do so.

 

Respect and appreciate those that God sends to show you the way.  Learn to work hard on your own discipleship.  Remember that God remains the source of your salvation.  He is the real reason for your increase.

 

Think:            I honor those who teach and train, but God is real reason for it all.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to honor those who serve, but look to You the real source.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2013, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

Use What You Get

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“Use What You Get” by Kirk Hunt

 

Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it [Manna] until morning.” However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.

Exodus 16: 19 – 20 NIV

 

Moses’ instructions were clear. Each household should gather only as much manna as would be eaten that day. No manna was to be stored.

Of course someone tried to hoard their manna. The heaven-sent food rotted overnight. Disgustingly.

God’s provision of manna to Israel is popularly seen as an allegory of God’s provision for modern-day saints. He gives us gifts and provision. God wants us to gather enough of what He provides, and not to hoard what He gives.

Your skills, education and credentials are a form of manna. They are a provision, ultimately from God, to nourish and benefit your household. Are you hoarding your manna?

There are men and women, ministers and ministries, that need the manna you hold. You have the ability to nourish and benefit other households. Are you willing to share, or will you hoard what God has given?

“…They kept part of it…” You have an opportunity to give from the riches that God has entrusted to you. What have you got to lose?

Think: I should not hoard what God has given.

Pray: “Father-God, help me to share with others what You have given.”

Copyright © June 2011, Kirk Hunt

New Soil, New Skills

“New Soil, New Skills” by Kirk Hunt

For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

Deuteronomy 11:10-11 (KJV)


Even in the current era, Egypt’s agriculture is dependent on irrigation. The farm lands of Egypt are a defiant green strip cut through the vast Sahara desert. The ancient Hebrews (or Egyptians) used human-powered machines and devices to move the river water to the growing plots.


Canaan would be a very different story. The rich fields of the Promised Land drew abundant water from the seasonal rains. Instead of the flat plains of Egypt, the farmers would have to grow their crops on hills and in valleys.


Perhaps you are facing a new era and circumstance. Your job/task/ministry remains nominally the same, but the situation forces you to approach it differently. Perhaps radically. This is part of God’s plan for you.


Your old expertise and experiences are not lost or wasted. Your smarts and skills are not the key to your God-given success. His providence and direction are your foundation and core. Do smartly and skillfully, but remember He is your source.


Think: God is my source, regardless of my situation.


Pray: “Father-God, help me to work out Your plan and strategy for my life.”


Copyright © January 2011, Kirk Hunt

Your New Possession

“Your New Possession” by Kirk Hunt


For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

Deuteronomy 11:10-11 (KJV)


It is the start of a new year. It can also be the start of a new chapter in your life. All you have to do is leave your spiritual Egypt and possess your spiritual Canaan.


Egypt was hard and harsh for the children of Israel. Their hands were calloused from forced labor. Their backs were scarred from the taskmaster’s lash. Despite it all, Israel had become strong, vital and numerous.


Still, God cautions Israel that the skills and strategies for success in Egypt would not work in Canaan. This new land would require a different approach. New skills and strategies would be needed to be successful in Canaan.


As you take possession of your new place in God, the same will be true for you. Your new and higher place will require different strategies for success. Your former skills will have to be modified, or even abandoned


As you Start this new season in your life, God has set you up. For better. For richer. For abundance. Listen as he tells you what you need to know.


Think: My new place in God will require new skills.


Pray: “Father-God, help me learn new skills, for the new place, You have provided.”



Copyright © January 2011, Kirk Hunt

Payout In The Workhouse

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“Payout In The Workhouse” by Kirk Hunt

 

And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

Genesis 41:52 KJV

 

Zaphnathpaaneah served as Chancellor or Prime Minister to Pharaoh. His position and title delivered a life of wealth, power and privilege. It’s easy to imagine he announced the birth of his second son, to the Egyptian elite, at a stylish and expensive party.

 

In the quiet and empty mansion, a different man appeared in the mirror. Under the expensive robes were marks from slavery’s chains. Hidden by extravagant jewelery and the tokens of office, lay scars from the jailor’s whip.

 

Joseph had no illusions about Egypt. Egypt had hurt him. Still, a faithful and blessing God ensured that he prospered, despite it all.

 

The precious newborn son in his arms told a story of care, provision and protection. God stood near. Hurt never became harm. “Ephraim, my payout.”

 

Maybe your circumstances have hurt you. Perhaps your road has seemed hard and harsh. God had a plan to preserve whole nations through Joseph. God has a plan for you.

 

Your barren patch will bloom and feed thousands. Your hurts will become healing for you and others. The God of heaven has a payout for you, right where you are.

 

Think : God has a payout for me, no matter my current circumstances.

 

Pray: “Lord, I thank You, in advance, for my coming payout.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2010, Kirk Hunt

God’s Back Pay

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“God’s Back Pay” by Kirk Hunt

 

And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.

Genesis 41:51 KJV

 

The birth of a son is normally cause for celebration and joy. Like any first-time father, I’m certain Joseph whooped with joy and pride. Still, the memories of the last 13 years brought some gravity to Joseph’s heart and mind.

 

“God has caused me to forget.” First, betrayal by his brothers. Then, years of slavery. Finally, false accusation and years of unjust imprisonment. In the glow of his back-pay, Joseph forgot about the prior years.

 

Perhaps you have been laboring long, hard and without just wages. God has been watching over you the entire time. Recording the hours. Banking your pay.

 

To others, it will seem you are an over-night sensation. It doesn’t matter how it looks to them. You know that God is simply delivering your back pay.

 

Just when they thought you were dead, God will deliver your best life yet. Even though you thought you were forgotten and cast aside, God will set you out front and in charge. No one delivers back-pay like God.

 

Stay faithful. Work to build His Kingdom. Trust that God has your back-pay. At the right time, in the correct place, God will make you forget all that happened before. In joy. With delight. Through blessing.

 

Think : God rewards the faithful.

 

Pray: “Lord, I thank You, in advance, for Your Kingdom blessings.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2010, Kirk Hunt